Mike Gundy explains when he'll hire an offensive coordinator

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday January 02, 2013

Posted by: Chris Vannini on January 2, 2013

Mike Gundy isn't in a rush.

With Todd Monken having left for Southern Miss, Gundy again needs to find a new offensive coordinator. But he's going to take his time.

Gundy himself called the plays in a 58-14 win over Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. He said the Cowboys' offensive system isn't going to change with a new coordinator, but while on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, he explained why he waits for the dust to settle in other places before making a hire.

"I've always waited until the middle or end of January or even gone into February," he said. "What happens with so many job turning over in the NFL now - as of last Monday, I believe 22 percent of the coaches were let go in the NFL - it trickles down into our level now more so than it ever has before, with coordinators moving. It's become such a coaching carousel out there, what I don't want to do is hire a coach that I think can continue with what we're doing on offense, because we're not going to change our style (and then he leaves).

"We've been in this situation now, this will be our fourth time in seven years, so we're not going to change what we do. What I don't want is to hire a quality coach, introduce him, let him become a part of the staff, get him on the road recruiting, and then somebody in the NFL says, 'That's the guy we want' and pay a million dollars and take him from me. I could go find another coach, but the impression is not really what Oklahoma State wants.

"I have to be as patient as possible. To be honest, I've got to wait for some of these NFL guys to make decisions on what they're going to do, and then I'll move after that."

Below is the trophy presentation from the Heart of Dallas Bowl.



Chris Vannini is the lead writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered Michigan State sports for The State News, The Oakland Press and MLive.com. He writes a weekly column for the Detroit Free Press on behalf of SB Nation. Vannini lives in Big Ten country, so his foot speed is far from SEC caliber, but his pulse on coaches is hard to match. Be sure to follow @CoachingBuzz on twitter and send your feedback to chris@coachingsearch.com

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.

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